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Comment Re:It's a shame. (Score 1) 89

But if Blackberry is moving to an OS they don't write, on hardware they don't design or build - is there any reason to buy their stuff any more?

As long as some of those outsourced OS they don't write on Hardware they don't design or build combos has a physical keyboard, count me in.

I have a friend who is daltonic, and is enthusiastic about the iPhone 7 because of the filters for the colour blind. I have a essential tremor, and I need a physical Keyboard, I do not care about brand or OS. Just about Phisical Keyboard, specs and Build Quality. And, so far, only blackberry makes those (other brands make physical keyboard phones, but the specs are krap).

The BB10 in my Q10 is cool, but I would actually preffer Android (chromecast app and some other apps not present in BBworld or amazon app store).

Comment Dont fuck with the feds. (Score 2) 72

What exactly are they going to do besides hem and haw at this?

They will hold a senate investigation into the matter, which anyone in the right mind should be terrified of. They will start issuing subpoenas to people in charge at Yahoo, and start asking them questions on national t.v., (which will likely be embarrassing and detrimental to Yahoo's stock price and reputation). Provided that nobody tries to cover anything up (Federal prison time for lying under oath to a senate investigation), the company might get off with a reprimand, provided that there aren't any laws that were discovered to have been broken. But Senators aren't going to sign up for this investigation to NOT prosecute people for covering this up, so they will be out for blood. There is a good chance that something will have been done wrong, and some larges fines will be implemented.

I predict that there will be a number of c-level and VP early 'retirements', when yahoo's board of directors boots people for putting them in the spotlight like that. Following the investigation, expect a few new federal hacking disclosure laws to hit the books next year. This will probably not go well for Yahoo, short their stock now.

Comment Yeah Right (Score 1) 125

At the same time he was doing IPv4, CLNS/CLNP was using 20BYTE Addresses (variable lenght). And Xerox (which Cerf himself credits with inspiration to his project) was using 12Byte Addresses. So that excuse of "could not have done it" is Bollocks.

As for encryption, that's what optional headers are for! Should have defined two or three of those fron the start: Weak encription (to handle export/munitions restrictions of the time), strong encription (either for countries which are not under US influence, or when the exports/munition restrictions were lifted) and PKC encription (for the nascent field of public key crypto).

Besides, i am not sure what was his influence on the IPv6 designers, and their ill fated idea of removing the IP checksums... :-(


Comment No trouble for the pending sale. (Score 2) 56

Remember, yahoo is selling the CORE ASSETS, but Yahoo (the company) will still exist, as a placeholder for Alibaba and YAhoo! Japan shares. So, is Yahoo (the company) that is still liable for the breach, not verizon. If push comes to shove, Yahoo can sign a MoU stating that is it, and not Verizon, the one who will carry all the brunt of the hack (lawsuits, fines, reparations, costs and any other thing derived from this hack).

The alibaba, yahoo japan and any other assets in this company shall be enough to cover that.

Comment I may not need it, but I want it (Score 1) 222

Unless Verizoncan offer a metered plan with SIGNIFICANTTLY HUMONGUS savings compared to the unlimited competition, I'll choose unlimited any time.

Otherwise, the first time I slip up with an OTA update, the choice of a slightly more expensive unlimited plan will pay for itself.

Besides, peace of mind has no price.

Besides, is more easy to do our financial planning with a constant quantity than a variable one.

Besides, who knows what services can catch my eye tomorrow, either as a passing fad (leading to a couple of months spike) or as a daily driver...

Comment Do not worry about the deal with Verizon. (Score 1) 169

This is easy to fix and there is Precedent*

They will leave the terms of the sale as they are, but a an MoU saying that all costs (legal, fines, class actions, etc) and liabilities derived from THIS PARTICULAR BREACH will be borne by the Tracking company that will remain after the sale with Yahoo!'s holding of alibaba shares.

That way the negotiation shall proceed and the shareholders receive the cash part of the deal...

* The precedent: When Siemens was trying to get rid of their Telecoms Unit They first approached motorola about the Joint Venture. this would had been better, as there was very little product or geographic overlap. As part as their due diligence process, Motorola was told of ongoing corruption investigations in the larger Siemens (it was unclear at that time if the telecom unit was involved). Motorolla backed out.

Then Siemens approached Nokia, Quite bad, as there was a lot of overlap, both in product lines, and in Geography. Nokia accepted. They set a date. A few weeks before the date (IIRC it was near the MWC of '06) the corruption cases escalated, and the efective date of the JV was postponed, and rumour had it that the JV was falling appart. So, Siemens AG signed a MoU stating that any and all liabilities and fines derived from corruption cases from the telecom unit would be assumed by Siemens AG and not the JV.

Motorola should have done just that, would have been better for all involved!

In the end, there was no corruption on the Telecoms part (energy and transportation for sure, maybe others).

Comment Mo Brightness, Mo Power? (Score 1) 86

from TFA:

NRDC and its consultant Ecos Research found that just a few clicks on a remote control could lead many 2015 and 2016 televisions from Samsung, LG, and Vizio to use up to twice the energy that consumers were told they would.

So, they are accusing the TV manufacturers of cheating on benchmarks, and they go on to say that if a user turns up the brightness, the TV will user more power. I just lost all respect for these clowns.

Comment spend $3billion? Good for him. (Score 1) 161

My initial reaction to this and the MS announcement was to look at the calendar, and make sure it isn't April first, since /. gets particularly silly around that time of year.

My second reaction was to not really care. I hear a lot about fancy pants billionaires buying and selling companies, and promoting crazy ideas, but rarely do they seem to have much of an impact on society.

I settled on: It is a good thing if the latest billionaire dick measuring competition is to see who can cure the most diseases.

Comment This topic hurts my head (Score 1) 537

Well lets see...Electric cars, encrypting communication to keep governments from spying on people, Working to find cures for cancer, and AIDs, mapping the human genome, exploring space and other planets, improving crop yields, working to reduce carbon emissions, identifying genetic disorders, building a vast world network to improve communication, are a few things that techies are working on that I can rattle off without really thinking deeply about it. Coders and network engineers aren't usually working on solving problems directly, but the infrastructure that supports solving problems much more efficiently. Most interesting problems require teams of people with differing backgrounds to get things solved, and not some single savant coder working on the perfect algorithm for 36 hours straight. Its kind of like asking Albert Einstein's auto mechanic what has he did to improve the state of physics. A lot and very little,depending on your POV.

If you are just asking a stupid question like what sort of cool Iphone apps are single handedly saving humanity from oblivion, I really don't know what to say to you.

Articles like this speak volumes about where Slashdot's editorial quality is going....

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